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From the Desk of Warren Michelson August 30, 2019

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Anthrax Confirmed In Rm Of Chester #125

The Ministry of Agriculture is reminding producers to be on the lookout for anthrax in their animals after an anthrax case was confirmed in the RM of Chester in southeastern Saskatchewan.

Anthrax was confirmed by laboratory results on August 29, 2019, as the cause of sudden death in seven animals.  Anthrax is caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, which can survive in spore form for decades in soil.  Changes in soil moisture, from flooding and drying, can lead to a build-up of the spores on pastures. Spores can concentrate in sloughs and potholes, and risk of animal exposure to anthrax increases in drier years when these areas dry up and become accessible.  Spores can also surface when the ground is excavated or when there is excessive run-off.  Livestock are infected when they eat forage contaminated with spores.

Ruminants such as bison, cattle, sheep and goats are highly susceptible, and horses can also be infected.  Swine, birds and carnivores are more resistant to infection, but farm dogs and cats should be kept away from carcasses.  Affected animals are usually found dead without any signs of illness.  Anthrax can be prevented by vaccination.  Producers in regions that have experienced previous outbreaks are strongly encouraged to vaccinate their animals each year.  If your neighbours have anthrax, you should consider vaccination to protect your animals.  The carcass of any animal suspected of having anthrax should not be moved or disturbed, and should be protected from scavengers such as coyotes or ravens, to prevent spreading spores in the environment.

Anyone who suspects the presence of an anthrax case should contact their local veterinarian immediately for diagnosis.  All tests must be confirmed by a laboratory diagnosis.  All positive test results must be immediately reported to the provincial Chief Veterinary Officer.  Producers are advised to use caution when handling potentially infected animals or carcasses.  Animal cases pose minimal risk to humans, but people can get infected through direct contact with sick animals or carcasses.  In cases where people believe they have been exposed to an infected animal, they should contact their local health authority or physician for advice.

More information on the Ministry of Agriculture’s anthrax response plan can be found on 
saskatchewan.ca by searching “anthrax response.”  

Note: A previous version of this release incorrectly stated anthrax was found in the RM of Golden West #95. The two RMs are adjacent to one another and are both in crop district 1B. 

Pancakes and sausage appreciation day at Fountain Tire.

Prune Your Elm Trees Starting September 1

Saskatchewan home and property owners can start pruning their elm trees again on September 1, as the annual ban on pruning elm trees ends.

Provincial regulations prohibit pruning elm trees from April 1 to August 31 each year to reduce the risk of spreading Dutch Elm Disease (DED).  The elm bark beetles that can carry DED are most active during this time of year, and fresh cuts from pruning can attract the insects to healthy elm trees.

Regular pruning, outside the ban period, helps keep elm trees healthier and less vulnerable to all types of diseases, including DED.  Taking away the dead branches makes trees less attractive to elm bark beetles.

The early fall weather can be ideal for tree maintenance and, with leaves still on the trees, homeowners have an easier time seeing and removing dead or unhealthy branches.  It’s important to prune properly, whether you hire someone or do it yourself.

Incorrect pruning can actually spread DED and other tree diseases. Under provincial regulations, commercial pruners of elms must complete a recognized training program or be supervised by someone who has completed the program.

It is illegal to transport or store elm firewood; the wood can carry the beetles that spread DED.  Dispose of elm wood promptly by burning or burying it in a location approved by your local municipality.

To find out more about proper elm disposal in your area, check with your local municipal authority.  For more information, or if you suspect an elm tree may have DED, call the Ministry of Environment’s general inquiry line at 1-800-567-4224.

Top Left:  King George School                        Top Right:  Lindale School
Bottom Left:  Ecole Palliser                             Top Right:  St. Agnes School

More Than 190,000 Students Will Return To Classrooms For A Year Of Learning And Growing

September 3rd marks the beginning of the school year and thousands of energetic students around the province can’t wait to get back to the books.  As school returns, drivers are asked to be extra attentive on the roads as there is increased traffic due to school buses and students.

“I know firsthand how excited kids are at this time of year as they head back to school, or begin school for the first time” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “I know many parents and educators who are eager to begin a new school year too and it is important that we all do our part to keep our students safe as they travel to and from school.”

Teachers and school division staff have been busy preparing for students’ return to classrooms in more than 770 schools across Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions and the various other schools around the province.

Approximately 190,000 Prekindergarten to Grade 12 students will attend school in Saskatchewan for the upcoming school year.  School zone speed limits vary in communities across the province from 30 to 40 km/h and drivers are advised to be cautious and adhere to the speed limits.

In Saskatchewan, school typically begins after Labour Day unless the statutory holiday falls on or after September 5th.
Top Left: Central Collegiate                              Bottom Left: Vanier Collegiate
Top Right: A.E. Peacock                                  Bottom Right: Saskpolytech

Crop Report For The Period August 20 To August 26, 2019

Despite cool and wet weather, producers were able to make some harvest progress this week according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Six per cent of the crop is now combined, which is up from two per cent last week, but behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 16 per cent for this time of year.

Eight per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut, which is behind the five-year (2014-2018) average of 19 per cent.  Fifty-two per cent of the fall rye, 43 per cent of the winter wheat, 27 per cent of the field peas, 25 per cent of the lentils, four per cent of the barley, three per cent of the durum, two per cent of the oats and one per cent of the mustard and spring wheat is now stored in bins.  An additional five per cent of canola and one per cent of the mustard has been swathed.

Harvest progress is most advanced in the southern regions where 12 per cent of the crop is now combined.  Producers in the west-central region have three per cent combined, the east-central region two per cent, the northeast region one per cent and less than one per cent of the crop is combined in the northwest region.  Producers expect harvest operations to be in full-swing as the crops mature in the coming weeks.

Rainfall covered a significant portion of the province this week.  Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to up to 130 mm in the Lipton area. Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as seven per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as two per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and three per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was from strong winds and hail.  Across the province pasture conditions are rated as two per cent excellent, 41 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 14 per cent poor and four per cent very poor.  Farmers are busy getting ready for harvest, swathing, desiccating and combining crops.

A complete, printable version of the Crop Report is available online at 
www.saskatchewan.ca/crop-report. Follow the 2019 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgriculture.

Terry Fox Fundraiser BBQ 

City Communication Manager Craig Hemingway, cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for the Terry Fox Fundraiser BBQ. 


Saturday, August 31, 2019

What: First Free Methodist Church “this n’ that”Fall Market
Time:   8:30 a.m. 
Place: Corner of 4th and Hochelaga St.W.

What:  Train Rides
Time:   11:00 a.m. 
Place:   WDM

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sept. 15, 2019

NAFR ( National Association of Federal Retirees) BBQ
Members eat FREE

A member may bring a guest but guest cost is $15.00/person.

Members and guests must pre register by calling Barry 306-692-7978 by Sept 11, 2019